In the wake of the apparent suicide of Joseph Cerniglia, the chef at Campania in Fair Lawn, N.J., who appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares in 2007, Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert got on the Twitter to blast Ramsay for the way he, well, blasts his chefs:
“Smart chef lead kitchen by sharing, teaching, inspiring with respect. Not insulting, abusing,humiliating their team… Nothing personal against Gordon Ramsay but he is a poor inspiration for professional chefs in his shows. Who perform better scared,insulted? … I have my bad days to but always try to improve. TV or not it is no excuse! Ultimately I believe in the goodness of Gordon but he is very wrong.”
As the Daily News reports, Ripert later denied that he was blaming Ramsay for Cerniglia’s death. As Eater points out, Ripert, a practicing Buddhist, also took his friend Anthony Bourdain to task earlier this year for mistreating his kitchen staff. And with this post, let’s hope there’s nothing left to say on the subject of this chef that he may finally rest in peace.